The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has summoned reclusive billionaire Humphrey Kariuki as investigations into tax evasion by Africa Spirits Limited (ASL) owned by the maverick businessman gather steam.
In a statement posted on the crime busters’ official twitter page, DCI honcho George Kinoti has also summoned a number of directors of companies owned by Kariuki who are believed to be in possession of information that could help the detectives build a case against their besieged boss.
Kariuki alongside the directors of Africa Spirits Limited, Wow Beverages, Lionsbridge Limited, Kigumba Limited, Axis Logistics Limited have been ordered to present themselves at DCI headquarters on Thursday February 14.
PRESS RELEASE ON INVESTIGATIONS INTO ALLEGATIONS OF FORGERY & TAX EVASION BY AFRICA SPIRITS LTD, WOW BEVERAGES & ASSOCIATED COMPANIES pic.twitter.com/KN5FdGPPqD
— DCI KENYA (@DCI_Kenya) February 13, 2019
Police reports had initially indicated that Kariuki had fled to Zambia but the businessman’s private jet, a Bombardier Challenger 350 has been tracked to South Africa.
The plane is believed to have left Nairobi at 05.01 pm on Sunday, arriving in Lanseria, South Africa three hours and 57 minutes later at 07.57pm.
Activist Boniface Mwangi, who tracked the flight on flightaware.com, is now seeking to know who cleared the flight and if authorities established who was on board.
“Police say they’re looking for billionaire Humprey Kariuki for tax evasion and they have no idea where he is. On Sunday his plane left Kenya for South Africa. Who cleared his plane to depart @KenyaAirports @CAA_Kenya and who were the passengers in the plane @ImmigrationDept?” he posed on Twitter.
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During the raid at the factory Friday last week Kinoti and Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnets asked the businessman and his acquintances to present themselves if they believed that they were not engaging in illegal dealings.